Dr. Dempsey (University of British Columbia) studies economic and financial approaches to international conservation. This has led her to interview green financiers in fancy New York boardrooms and scientists in paper-stuffed academic offices, study investments in conservation cattle markets in rural Kenya, participate in endless international biodiversity negotiations, and examine the intricacies of ecological-economic models. Dempsey’s book Enterprising Nature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) traces the drive to produce a nature that can prove its worth in economic terms – that can compete in the marketplace and the cost-benefit accounting of modern governance. The book finds that this attempt is not one of triumphant ascent but one that faces enormous challenges: technical, scientific, and political. Dempsey’s research is published in a wide range of journals and she has also produced a short animation on this topic (hotlink to it http://www.bioeconomies.org/enterprising-nature/). Her current research program is in dialogue with diverse methodologies and literatures, including political ecology, feminist political economy, economic geography, and green finance.
Dempsey. J. 2016. Enterprising Nature. Wiley-Blackwell.
Dempsey, J. 2015. Fixing biodiversity (loss). Environment and Planning A 47(12): 2555-2572.
Dempsey, J. and D.C. Suarez. 2016. Arrested Development? The Promises and Paradoxes of “Selling Nature to Save It”. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106(3):653–671.
Dempsey, J. 2013. Biodiversity loss as material risk: Tracking the changing meanings and materialities of biodiversity conservation. Geoforum 45: 41-51
Dempsey, J. and M. Robertson. 2012. Ecosystem services: tensions, impurities, and points of engagement within neoliberalism. Progress in Human Geography 36: 758-779.